Family Online Safety Institute Adds Crisp Thinking

October 17, 2007

Online child protection specialist Crisp Thinking has joined the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to help drive awareness of online risks for young people and promote industry best practice.

Crisp, which was founded by industry entrepreneur Adam Hildreth, has developed an abuse-detection engine that actively protects young people from the threat of online abuse. Called 'AGE' (Anti Grooming Engine), the innovative solution reverses the normal way of dealing with the problem of grooming by actively monitoring language patterns in chatroom conversations and flagging any potentially suspicious activity.

Becoming a board member of FOSI, the non-profit organisation that facilitates the meeting of thought leaders in technology and policy to help find innovative solutions for family online safety, puts Crisp alongside a wide range of the world's leading technology companies. These include BT, and Verizon.

"Online threats are constantly evolving - particularly for younger people," said Adam Hildreth, chief executive officer at Crisp. "FOSI creates the opportunity to discuss problems at both a technology and a policy level, which is going to be critical in making the internet a safer place."

"The threat to young people on the internet is no longer limited to them being able to access adult content - what they also face is adults grooming kids in chatrooms," explained Stephen Balkam, chief executive officer at FOSI. "Having Crisp on our board not only adds expertise in an area but also one of the industry's brightest young thinkers, which will allow us further extend our work."